Thursday, April 28, 2011

Satire: Shocking Closer Look at Obama's Birth Certificate

Birtherism as it is called has become the favorite subject of race-baiters from all sides of the political spectrum, with people debating whether or not President Obama might be from Kenya or Hawaii, whether or not it is appropriate to ask such a question, whether or not such a question has ever been asked of presidents like Clinton, Bush, or Reagan, and whether or not those asking such questions are doing so for racially motivated reasons.

To resolve this age-old dispute made famous by the spray-tanned real estate tycoon cum presidential candidate Donald Trump, President Obama released his birth certificate to be viewed by the public. Since there is so much controversy surrounding this subject, I decided to take a look.

The results were shocking. While President Obama was definitely born in Hawaii and is thusly of course an American citizen as is to be expected, a closer look examined another detail that proves he was hiding the birth certificate from the public. Click on the photo below to see a close-up look at the disturbing secret that we discovered!

Yes, the shocking truth that Obama didn't want you to see, and thus his reasoning for not releasing his birth certificate, is that he was actually born with the same name (and political philosophy and policies) as former President George W. Bush!

It truly is George W. Bush's third term!!! (Although, it would have been easier to determine that by simply noticing his efforts to unilaterally bomb nations like Lybia, Yemen, or Pakistan and expand the wars and use of military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.)


In Other News

Zanzibar III is well on its way. IV and V may be written as well depending on how much of the hours of music we intend to actually use. We're looking at some new options for a merch web store as well, so expect some cool new swag pretty soon. Also, I recently wrote a blog for entitled The Return of the Split Seven Inch Vinyl Record.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Behind Zanzibar III Characters Part 1: David Koresh

The Zanzibar series is to some extent a cartoon-style rock opera. The plot is a struggle between the forces of good and evil with some more complex and tragic characters of "chaotic neutral" alignment that help the protagonist centaur Sebastian through some rough spots in his battle with the wicked pirate Zanzibar.

In this universe, Brigham Young's pilgrimage to the moon was successful, and while there, the banished soul of David Koresh arrives and takes on a human avatar to serve as his military lieutenant. The characters are loosely based on the iconic real-world people in question, but are more so absurd characterizations of them.

Essentially, the moon is inhabited by a civilization of 6-foot tall green people whose leader is Brigham Young. Koresh is their charismatic, energetic military mastermind, and, when the moon runs out of clean drinking water, their army is given the task of extracting water from Zanzibar's lake to quench the thirst of their population.

This military mission just so happens to begin at the same time that Sebastian is being hauled into court (see: Star Chamber) to face trial for insurrection against Zanzibar, causing an alliance of circumstance.

The Real David Koresh

The real David Koresh was the leader of the Branch Davidian church which was destroyed by the ATF in a brutal slaughter in the 1990s. Koresh was accused of storing weapons (he was an arms dealer by trade at the time for income), and there were rumors that he had taken on multiple wives, some of whom were underage. 

The ATF used rules of engagement that ultimately forced a violent conflict and lead to a siege that killed many innocent people. As terrible as some of the allegations against David Koresh were, it was obviously not to the benefit of anyone to set their compound on fire and kill so many innocent people. This is one of the darkest and most complex moments in American history, and, as a result, we felt it would make for compelling satirical content in the storyline. The absurdist characterization of David Koresh is not meant to make light of either the abuse of which he was accused nor the innocent bloodshed that occurred on that day. Look What I Did does not condone the actions of either party involved in this dark and terrible event.

To learn more about the real David Koresh and the siege in Waco, check out this lesser-known documentary on the subject:

Anyhow, this video content is being used in a fair use manner to provide an in depth glimpse into this dark and complicated historical event.

Don't expect Zanzibar III to be loaded with this type of intense discourse, as the character of David Koresh will be portrayed in a lighthearted-yet-satirical manner -- I just thought it might be interesting to take a look at this significant historical event that inspired our cartoon character of the same name.

FYI, did you know David Koresh made music? Check it out:

In Other News

Look What I Did will be playing in Nashville on May 6th to support our friends who will be having a CD release party, and I recently wrote a blog for entitled Do You Remember the First Time Music Changed Your Life?.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New "Elron Mission Reports" Track

Check out a new track from Skeet's solo project "Elron Mission Reports". Recorded using the same well loved and rickety yamana mt-4x he's been recording on since 1996, it's got the sonics of a fluffy christmas sweater filled with wheat chex and grape jelly, except the guy wearing it sees the apocalypse coming. It's up on bandcamp now at the link below. Give it a bunch of listens, it'll make him feel better.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Look Back for the lulz: Tila Tequila Endorses Look What I Did... in 2003

Here's proof!

Private info has been redacted from the provided screenshot to protect the inno... uh, you know what I mean. It is a lesser known fact that Tila Tequila, Look What I Did, and National Product were once the only accounts on MySpace with over 10,000 friends. Imagine how famous we could have become if we had bosoms, too!

I doubt Tila Tequila bestowed the honor of her endorsement upon us due to actually liking our wacky sound; she wanted to trade bulletins to get the Look What I Did bump. I think it worked.

Did Look What I Did make Tila Tequila famous with our 2003 MySpace bulletin trade? One couldn't possibly know for sure, but, because it is possible to make that claim, I will.

In Other News

Skeet's Elron side project is jamming out in Nashville this weekend, check out the Facebook event page dedicated to the event. Also, I wrote articles for called We're All Deadheads Now and Innovation Alert: Last Chance to Reason's Video Game Slash Album.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chris Bradley's (guitar) gear

Ok. So. I will try to remember what I recorded with on Atlas, as well as bass gear for the other two records. And I will go over my live gear, which is fairly simple.

1.Atlas- On atlas, I played a Schecter Pete Townshend model guitar, mostly using the second pickup configuration to give it a twangy tone you don't hear much in heavy music. It is similar to the Ty Tabor(King's X) approach. I used a B-52 guitar head and (I believe) a Sovtek head and combined the two sounds. I think I used my Avatar 4-12 cabinet, but that I'm not sure of. Live I use the B-52, a 5150 4X12 cabinet on the bottom, and Avatar 4x12 cabinet on top. However, I don't remember which speaker configuration I use. Me and Skeet got our own configurations, but the same color cabinet. One has an Avatar, one has an "Avata". We each use the one nearest to us when we load for each show. I play the Pete Townshend guitar most of the time, and sometimes play a Michael Kelly MK Valor.

2. Minuteman - For Minuteman, I used a Music Man Stingray bass with D'Addario strings. I used some Ampeg direct box. We mic'd an Ampeg PR410 through an Ampeg SVT4 Pro 1200 watt Bass head, with a Sansamp pedal for gain, and I think a third channel was used as well, but I'm not sure what it was. I also used a fretless 5 string Steinberger Spirit bass on "Fox" and "Is, Was". Bought it new for 125$, now it's worth about $500. Live I used the same head, til it broke. Then, I briefly used a GK 700RB head. The cabinet I used was the standard Ampeg 8x10 refrigerator, which Ty is now using.

3.My First Time - For this one, I used a GK 400RB head through a Hartke 2x10 cab and mic'd it. I'm not sure what mic I used. An old 70's Rickenbacker bass was used on most of it. A few songs had the Music Man, and on the more funk oriented songs, like "Lipstick" I used an Epiphone Les Paul bass. Live gear for that time period is irrelevant, since our live shows back then were more "performance art/trainwreck" than actual music.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Skeet's memory attempts to list guitar gear

Chris and I were recently asked for a rundown of the gear we use to get our guitar tones.

My live rig consists of a Soldano Avenger 100watt head into an Avatar 4x12 cab (vintage 30's on top and G12H30's on the bottom) and a Peavey 5150 4x12 cab. Guitars are a Michael Kelley Vex Verdict and the S1 Schecter Blackjack.

As for live effects i keep it fairly simple, Boss Blues Driver (bd-2) for extra gain and a Boss Chorus Ensemble which im using alot for the newer stuff. My guitar sound on Atlas Drugged was mainly a Bogner head and a Peavey 6505. Expect a more comprehensive blog and a gear list from Chris in the near future.